Pickle Factory Dance Foundation, Calcutta is a not-for-profit
company registered under Section 8 of The Companies Act, 2013.
The company was incorporated on 12 July 2017.
Workshops and Interactions
Workshop by Amala Dianor
– 13-17 Feb, 2022
Amala Dianor’s work deconstructs hip hop and traditional African dances, channeling the energy he finds there into contemporary dance. This workshop taught by Amala Dianor will be in the same vein, allowing its participants to immerse themselves in his hybrid choreographic universe.
Initially Dianor works with the participants on essentials of hip hop dance, then expands the work into contemporary dance techniques, while also exploring the participants’ ability to tell their own stories, moving beyond technique. Public showing at Princep Ghat on 18 February. This project is supported by Alliance Française du Bengale.
December Workshops and Interactions
This December experience the questioning and explorations of the un/familiar bodies from un/familiar worlds through our wide range of workshops and interactions with our artists an facilitators from all across the globe.
Arts Management Workshop by Susan Hay
🗓- 5 Dec, 2022
📍- Offbeat CCU
Are you an artist, musician, theatre person, dance & movement artist looking for creative ways to produce your work? Or are you an emerging arts-manager looking to understand this exciting growing sector? Then is the workshop you have been looking for!
Susan Hay is a creative instigator and advisor who has extensive experience in working collaboratively within the cultural and sports sector, working with senior cultural leaders, government agencies, artists, commercial organisations and academic institutions.
Join her as she delves into the fundamentals of arts management and explores various situations and how to deal with them through case studies. This workshop is tailor made for budding professionals and focuses on participants posing questions and working out solutions together to understand the various demands of the sector.
Anoushka Kurien in conversation with Paramita Saha
– 8 Dec, 2022
Join Anoushka Kurien, dancer and choreographer, and Paramita Saha, co-founder of ArtsForward and choreographer, as they discuss Anoushka’s piece “What Talk of Body”. Prepare to delve into the intricacies of the creative process as two choreographers bounce off ideas and principles of practice of framing ideas and experiences of physicality, that address areas of perception and the quality of attention and experience, proposed by live performance.
Workshop on “Finding a Personal Practice of Body” by Anoushka Kurien
– 11 Dec, 2022
– The Creative Arts Academy
If you are a dancer / movement and visual art practitioner looking to articulate your own personal practice of working with physical form and image, then this workshop is made for you. Join the tribe and ponder…
Do you have ‘something’ that you do every day to begin to sense with your body? How can we develop a personal art practice? How do we navigate modes of thinking and visualising with movement – image – text – sound… as a way to bring our full selves to our practice?
“Unmute (A Performer’s Guide to Speaking Up: Laws, Rights and Resources) by Paramita Saha, Dr Arshiya Sethi and Somabha Bandopadhyay
🗓- 12 & 13 Dec, 2022
📍- The Creative Arts Academy
The Unmute sessions by Dr Arshiya Sethi(online), Somabha Bandopadhay and Paramita Saha take up an intersectional approach to the arts and law as they investigate the deep inequity in the performing arts field caused by abuse of power, systemic patriarchy, disregard for ethics and values, ignorance of legal frameworks among other reasons.
While Day 1 discusses copyright laws in performing arts and the rights performers and how they can claim them, Day 2 focuses on how to address the issue of sexual harassment in the performing arts through positive and proactive organisational action.
Dance and Parenting Workshop by Saskia Oidtmann
🗓- 15 Dec, 2022:
📍- The Backyard
This Dance & Parenting Interaction is perhaps the first of its kind in Kolkata. It is inspired and led by Saskia Oidtmann who is a member of AG Tanz und Elternschaft, an association and initiative of Berlin dance professionals, with the aim of improving the working conditions of dance professionals in parenthood.
Rustom Bharucha in conversation with Kattaikkuttu Sangam
🗓- 14 Dec, 2022
📍- Victoria Memorial Hall
A conversation between Rustom Bharucha, writer, cultural critic and dramaturg, and Hanne de Bruin and P Rajagopal, the pioneers of the Kattaikkuttu performance tradition in Tamil Nadu, will explore the lives, the creative interventions through innovation and critical enquiry that have deeply impacted the two institutions that they have co-founded: a theatre group called Kattaikkuttu Sangam and a residential theatre school known as Kattaikuttu Gurukulam. Join them as they delve into the need for sustainability of grassroot cultural activity and how they tackle issues relating to caste and gender and new models of equity and democracy through performance and social practice.
January '23 Intensive Workshops
Experience intensive work with four fabulous artists and explore and challenge your own choreographic and critical practice. Explore, engage, develop and create with Preethi Athreya(Chennai), #PiyalBhattcharya(Calcutta) and #JoshuaSailo (Aizawl) and Aseng Borang.
11 Jan to 11 Feb, 2023
Join an intensive choreographic rehearsal with movement practitioner Aseng Borang (Roing, Delhi) who will work on developing and performing a local version of her piece Terms and Conditions Apply.
11 Jan to 26 Jan, 2023
Join an intensive immersion into the work of groundbreaking Berlin choreographer Sasha Waltz, under the trained and certified guidance of Joshua Sailo (Aizawal, Bangalore), exploring the rigour and methodology of Sasha Waltz ‘s In C.
This workshop has been postponed till March, register now:
13 to 17 Jan, 2023
Piyal Bhattacharya (Kolkata) will work with dancers, musicians, actors, performers to re-imagine certain scenes from his production, Rasabalabuddhi, through his unique performance creation style inspired by his studies of the Natyashashtra.
17 to 21 Jan, 2023
Performers, sportspeople, martial artists, senior citizens, as long as you are reasonably fit, join Preethi Athreya (Chennai) in her re-imagining of her work The Jumping project located in and responding to a unique city site.
𝗬𝗮𝗻𝗴𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗸 𝗠𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗸𝘀𝗵𝗼𝗽
Pickle jam-জমাট is an open house for artists of all kind – dancers, musicians, painters and others- to come together and do what they do best – create art!
Pickle Factory invites artists young and old, dancers and graffiti artists, muralists and musicians to Behala Nuton Dol for an impromptu takeover of the arts hub, as we build our Spaces for Community. Come show off your talents and do what you do best! Join us for an adda, a dance-off, graffiti painting and more!
Tell us what makes you move. Meet new creative minds. Form a community.
Let’s #TakeTheCityKolkata… one dance at a time!
Date: 5th & 6th November
Time: 10-5 pm
Venue: Behala Nuton Dol Pujo Ground
What can you expect? Dance offs, impromptu performances, sharing stories related to dance and practice and small workshops to build a community together. Dances can paint, painters can dance! It’s an open house of talent and creative juices! and all are welcome! Artists of all genres are welcome! Dancers and movement artists of all styles! E-Certificates and snacks will be provided!
Water bottles can be refilled at our water filling station, Creative souls can be refueled with inspiration! Let’s take over Behala Nuton Dol with art not plastic!
Pickle Factory Dance Foundation, Calcutta is a not-for-profit